Should you worry about hard skin on your feet?
For a podiatrist, hard skin, or callus, is an indicator of how the foot is working and where pressure is being loaded. We see two types of callus. That which is beneficial to the foot, as it is giving protection to a vulnerable area, and this we need. And callus where the foot has excess pressure, or uneven loading, and
this is cause for concern.
We often have people come to us for ‘removal of hard skin’. They are then surprised when we can talk to them about their gait, joint movements, skin condition, footwear and how to prevent problems in the future, simply by looking where their hard skin has formed.
In the main, it isn’t normal for children and young adults to have hard skin. It is often an indicator of problems which need to be seen by a podiatrist. Older people are more likely to have hard skin, and there are some simple ways of managing it, if it’s a problem.
So, whether you are young or old (when training I was told feet are old at 30!!), come and discuss the hard skin on your feet with us, and we can provide you with lots of information and practical advice.